Only to realize that a Krampus party is roaring along at full steam without her. it’s like Fae Christmas, but takes place in the summer and their version of Santa likes to turn naughty children into candy. Yum.
Hale reveals that he’s in on the time loop. It’s an annual tradition. The Krampus feeds on regret, so he puts people into the loop knowing that they’ll do something that they’ll live to regret sooner or later.